Sunday, 28 May, 2017

Severe Storms Including Tornadoes Possible Thursday

Tornado damage reported in western Oklahoma Tornadoes in Wisconsin, Oklahoma leave 2 dead
Toby Manning | 19 May, 2017, 20:42

Authorities say at least 40 homes were destroyed.

The tornado struck about 7:15 p.m. Tuesday and wrecked much of the housing addition in south Elk City near State Highway 34 and State Highway 152, Oklahoma, about 110 miles west of Oklahoma City. He also said damage reports are coming in from the surrounding area.

"I've lived in Oklahoma nearly 50 years", he said.

Daily said he walked among the debris and helped free a man who was buried under a refrigerator and debris.

In Taylor County, several power power poles and lines were down in the Stetsonville area.

Sheriff Fitzgerald said along with the mobile home park and surrounding areas, there is extensive storm damage around a nearby lake.

The New Auburn Area Fire Department First Responders had two trucks and six personnel at the scene, and the Bloomer Community Ambulance Service also responded.

While their home was flattened, the SUV next to it was untouched.

"He had some bad head trauma going on and I didn't want him to go to sleep", Daily said.

The National Weather Service says its preliminary damage rating for a tornado that destroyed a trailer park and killed a man in northwestern Wisconsin is a strong EF-2.

The storm knocked out telephone service into and out of the city.

"The greatest risk of severe thunderstorms, up to a moderate risk, will exist along and northwest of I-44, with hail up to the size of baseballs, damaging winds to 75 miles per hour, and a limited potential for strong tornadoes", forecasters in Tulsa said.

Barron County emergency management officials say donations of durable goods can be made beginning Sunday.

At least two people were killed and dozens of others injured Tuesday after tornadoes tore through a mobile home park in Wisconsin and a subdivision in Oklahoma.

In eastern Nebraska, winds damaged homes, farms and businesses and left thousands of people without electricity.

Due to impending severe weather on the radar and anticipated later this week, Porter and DR volunteers are working quickly to help homeowners salvage what they can.

The Storm Prediction Center says strong wind gusts and large, damaging hail are possible throughout the region. It was not immediately known if there were injuries.